China Says Microsoft Violates IP With Windows, Bars Sales

from the well,-look-at-that dept

For years, Microsoft has been among the loudest complainers concerning "piracy" in China, so it's a bit of a surprise to see things switched around a bit. Mesanna was the first of a few to alert us that a Chinese court has found Microsoft guilty of violating the intellectual property of a local firm, Zhongyi Electronics, and demanded that the company cease selling Windows XP throughout China. The issue is the Chinese character fonts. According to Zhongyi, Microsoft licensed them for Windows 95, but not other versions. Microsoft, of course, insists that it is not infringing, and says it will appeal the ruling.

Still, with this ruling, as well as the recent attack on Google for violating copyright in China, it makes you wonder if China is doing this in an attempt to show American firms what might happen if they actually get what they "want" in terms of stronger copyright enforcement in China.
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Filed Under: china, ip. copyright, software, windows
Companies: microsoft, zhongyi


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  1. icon
    Hephaestus (profile), 18 Nov 2009 @ 7:05am

    Unintended consequences ....

    Genie N. DaLamp I agree

    "Be careful what you ask for... you might get it."

    China is going to be fun to watch when ACTA goes through and chinese companies start using it to step on competition, inside and outside of its borders. Tighter IP laws will lead to an unbelievable amount of abuse. Look at what people are using DMCA takedowns for now. Then expand DMCA style rules across international borders with 100 plus languages, minor and major differces in IP laws in each country, and conflicting IP laws.

    I wonder if the IP maximalist involved in ACTA and IP reform realize that the unintended consequences of their actions. Worst case is a $200 million dollar movie with $500 million in legal fee's and judgements and an order preventing its release.

    ... May you live in interesting times

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